Service Animals, Emotional Support, and Guide Dogs7957460
Sadly, some people are asking whether "service animal" laws are being abused by those who want to scam the device.
There have been news stories, articles, opinion pieces along with other editorials where people rant and complain about people they feel to be abusing the machine. You hear some complain that they had to sit near your pet dog at a restaurant they don't believe can be a "real" service dog, forms of languages complain their neighbors use a pet inside a "no pet" building since they claimed the pet is esa doctors.
A few of the commentary has an indignant tone, plus some people are downright angry.
So how exactly does this affect those that legitimately own and use a service animal to raised their lives? In many ways.
For one, it could it harder to navigate bureaucracy of the world when your claim of your disability and your service or emotional support animal's status is questioned. If a landlord or business proprietor has heard negative stories claiming that some people are abusing the machine, it can cause these phones look suspiciously at all claimants.
Some landlord and business owners have begun requesting proof of status, although asking for written or other evidence is not always legal, although many those who own legitimate service animals and emotional support animals never have taken advantage of registering them, and thus have no such documentation to make.
It is the suspicious attitude and illegal demands of some landlords and business owners that make registrations services just like the Service Animal Registry of California so fundamental to legitimate owners.
Although registration is optional, it can help shortcut the housing rental and business access issues if the owner can produce a simple document that may often fulfill the owner or landlord. Also, when working with public spaces, it is usually easier to give over a document using a simple sentence stating, "This is really a service animal" and letting another party browse the information, instead of having a long-winded protracted conversation (or worse, argument) in public places, with onlookers listening in and gathering round the discussion.
So, do some people scam the machine, or game regulations? Sadly, the answer then is "probably yes." In everyday life, there is always room for abuse and people can try to take advantage of many systems that people as a society applied to protect the rights of those that need such protection. For example, many drivers falsely display disabled parking placards to take advantage of free and convenient parking. Not to mention the number of people who lie on their own tax returns, claim improper tax deductions, abuse shop return policies, or do other bad acts.
However that percentage of abuse, which around service animal laws is hopefully small, could well be a very small price to pay when compared to the higher purpose of promoting access and equality for those.
In the end, you can not control any system making it 100% abuse proof. So tolerating the few individuals who scam service animal laws may be the price we gladly pay to make sure that the disabled inside the great state of California have equal access under law.